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Brawford (VA>KY>IN>IA>WI)

Posted: 949154800000
Edited: 994379041000
I am researching the Brawford family. There are various spellings through the years, such as Braford, Brafford, Brofford, and Bradford. My line has been spelled Brawford back as Far as the following info:

JOHN BRAWFORD was born Abt. 1784 in Virginia (possibly), and died Aft. 1830 in Indiana (probably). He married ANNE ROBINSON November 10, 1806 in Franklin County, Kentucky, daughter of WILLIAM ROBINSON and MARTHA (MRS. ROBINSON). She was born Abt. 1786 in Virginia (possibly), and died Aft. 1850 in Indiana (probably).

i. BETSY ANN2 BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1807, Franklin County, Kentucky; d. Unknown; m. SQUIRE JACKSON, January 3, 1839, Carroll County, Indiana; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
ii. ONE SON BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1808; d. Unknown.
iii. ISABELLE BRAWFORD, b. 1810, Franklin County, Kentucky; d. Aft. 1850, Indiana (Probably).
iv. ROBERT BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1816, Indiana; d. Aft. 1850, Indiana (Probably).
*** v. JOHN BRAWFORD, b. August 11, 1819, Washington County, Indiana (Probably); d. Abt. April 1901, Atwood, Kansas; m. ELLEN MINERVA BROWN, June 2, 1846, Carroll County, Indiana; b. November 2, 1823, near Knoxville, Tennessee; d. June 19, 1909, Spirit Lake, Iowa.
vi. RACHAEL AMANDA BRAWFORD, b. March 17, 1821, Indiana; d. August 4, 1887, Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas; m. ROBERT EATON BOOTH, March 30, 1842, Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana; b. February 9, 1822, Luzern County, Pennsylvania; d. November 18, 1885, Cowley County, Kansas.
vii. JOSEPH BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1823; d. Unknown.
viii. MARGARET BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1826; d. Unknown; m. JOHN RINEHART, January 1, 1851; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
ix. NANCY BRAWFORD, b. Abt. 1827; d. Unknown; m. PETER RINEHART, April 18, 1851; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
x. GEORGE W. BRAWFORD, b. Unknown, Not sure on this one.; d. Unknown; m. HILA SMITH, December 16, 1858; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
xi. MARY BRAWFORD, b. Unknown; d. Unknown; m. HENRY THOMPSON, August 17, 1837; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

If you have any connection to this family I would enjoy hearing from you. I am led to believe that this Brawford line is connected to the Brawford/Braford family of Augusta/Rockbridge Counties in Virginia, but lack direct evidence to take that next step.


BRAFFORD - Augusta Co VA?

Posted: 952531519000
Edited: 998623229000
I am looking for a BRAFFORD who married Alice Peterson about 1875. Known children were born in Hardy co WV - but I believe there is also an Augusta Co connection. May have been named Frank or perhaps Benj. Franklin BRAFFORD.
Please write directly to me for more info and further correspondence

VA Braffords

Posted: 952543603000
Edited: 994379041000
Ross, Unfortunately, this forum does not post your e-mail address. This is some info I have received from another researcher, but it may help you a bit.

1 James Brawford b: 1808 in Augusta Conty, VA d: June 06, 1882 in West, VA
. +Eliza Rudolph b: Abt. 1811 in VA d: in West VA m: 1831 in West VA
........ 2 Orphia E. (Sophia) Brawford b: 1832
........ 2 Sarah A. Brawford b: 1835
........ 2 John W. Brawford b: 1837
........ 2 Elnora C. Brawford b: January 02, 1841 in VA d: December 27, 1898 in WVA
............ +Marion L. McKimmy b: November 23, 1839 in Eglon, Preston Co. WVA d: May 12, 1900 in West VA m: October 25, 1859 in Preston Co. WVA
........ 2 George S. Brawford b: January 20, 1840
........ 2 Lewis I. Brawford b: 1849
*2nd Wife of James Brawford:
. +Ketahna Liller b: 1833 in West VA d: June 08, 1882 in west VA m: Abt. 1854 in West VA
........ 2 Benjamin Brafford b: 1855 d: Unknown
........ 2 John L. Brafford b: April 02, 1858
........ 2 James C. Brafford b: June 07, 1861
........ 2 Elijah J. Brafford b: 1865
........ 2 Isaac W. Brafford b: 1869

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Rohber White Brafford

Posted: 989768907000
Edited: 995320630000
I am trying to find information on the mentioned name. I believe he was born in North Carolina or Virgina 23 October 1915.I assume that the name of White could be a maternal name. His first name is very unique. He did serve in the military, which I don't know. He passed away in a VA hospital in 1985 in Wilmington, NC. I do not know much else about him. Only that he had relatives in North Carolina. He disappeared from his family's life around 1952. Do you know any other Brafford's with a White name in their's or the different spelling of Rohber? Any information for Brafford's in NC or VA? Thanks.

Other Brawfords with 'White' in their names

Posted: 991857349000
Edited: 994379041000
There is a Hugh White Brawford:

1 Hugh White Braford b: February 12, 1826 in Rockbridge Co, VA d: June 05, 1864 in Rockbridge Co, VA
. +Catherine Adelaide Abbitt b: August 16, 1832 in Virginia d: July 06, 1908 in Rockbridge Co, VA m: November 29, 1859 in Rockbridge Co, VA
. 2 Mary Elizabeth Braford b: September 19, 1863 in Rockbridge Co, VA d: February 21, 1942 in Virginia
.... +John Hardin Stoner b: in Virginia d: in Virginia m: March 02, 1887 in Natural Bridge, VA
. 2 James Spotswood Braford

That is as far as I have on his family. He is the son of Spotswood & Rebecca (Sterrett) Brawford who was the son of Hugh and Mary (Stark) Brawford, who was the son of Samuel and Ann (?Spotswood?) Brawford of Augusta County VA.

Re: Brawford (VA>KY>IN>IA>WI)

Posted: 1081227116000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brawford,Booth,Billbe
Hello John,

I am a decendent of Rachael Amanda Brawford. She was my gg-Grandmother. Any information you could supply on her ancestors would be most appreciated. My email address is dprater(at)

I live in northern Indiana and hope to visit Carroll Co. sometime this year. Would you happen to know the name of the cemetary where John Brawford is buried?

Thank you.


Re: Brawford (VA>KY>IN>IA>WI)

Posted: 1081268915000
Classification: Query
Surnames: BRAWFORD
Diana: I wish I knew where the eldest John Brawford was buried, but I do not. I have assumed that he will be found in the Carroll/Clinton county areas of Indiana, as that is where he is last found on a census. Here is an outline of what I have. There is more, but posting it here would take up quite a bit of space. John and Gail (Pettis) Brawford are my parents.

Descendants of John Brawford
1 John BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1784 in (possibly Virginia or possibly Ireland) d: Bef. 1850 in Indiana (Probably)
. +Anne ROBINSON b: Abt. 1786 in Kentucky d: Aft. 1850 in Indiana (possibly) m: November 10, 1806
2 Betsy Ann BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1807 in Franklin County, Kentucky d: Unknown
.... +Squire JACKSON b: Unknown d: Unknown m: January 3, 1839
... 3 Nancy JACKSON b: Abt. 1845 in Indiana d: Unknown
2 One Son BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1808 d: Unknown
2 Isabelle BRAWFORD b: 1810 in Franklin County, Kentucky d: Aft. 1850 in Indiana (Probably)
2 Robert BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1816 in Indiana d: Aft. 1850 in Indiana (Probably)
2 John BRAWFORD b: August 11, 1819 in Indianapolis, Indiana d: February 21, 1901 in Atwood, Rawlins, Kansas
.... +Ellen Minerva BROWN b: November 2, 1823 in near Knoxville, Tennessee d: June 19, 1909 in Spirit Lake, Iowa m: June 2, 1846
... 3 Margaret Ann BRAWFORD b: April 19, 1847 in Indiana d: July 11, 1847 in Indiana
... 3 Minerva Jane BRAWFORD b: October 26, 1848 in Indiana d: March 15, 1850 in Indiana
... 3 Mary Bernetta BRAWFORD b: November 8, 1849 in Indiana d: June 18, 1862 in Waukon, Iowa
... 3 Lewis Mullen BRAWFORD b: March 14, 1855 in Waukon, Iowa d: July 25, 1855 in Waukon, Iowa
... 3 Finis Jefferson BRAWFORD b: March 15, 1857 d: Aft. 1908
... 3 John Scott BRAWFORD b: December 20, 1860 in Waukon, Iowa d: June 9, 1957 in Estherville, Iowa
....... +Mary PECK b: October 19, 1863 in Frankville, Iowa d: June 12, 1942 in Estherville, Iowa m: January 1, 1881
...... 4 Ella May BRAWFORD b: December 22, 1881 d: February 12, 1887
...... 4 Lula Amelia BRAWFORD b: April 16, 1884 in Iowa d: December 17, 1976 in Estherville, Iowa
.......... +James Delloyd SCHENCK b: February 14, 1883 in Iowa d: May 14, 1963 in Estherville, Iowa m: September 15, 1904
......... 5 Wesley Delmar SCHENCK b: September 21, 1905 in Emmet County, Iowa d: December 21, 1905 in Emmet County, Iowa
......... 5 Nellie Fern SCHENCK b: October 26, 1909 in Superior, Emmet, Iowa d: May 1977 in Minnesota
............. +Ellworth Theodore CARLSTEDT b: November 10, 1905 in Duluth, Minnesota d: Unknown m: June 1932
......... 5 Myrtle Lucile SCHENCK b: May 14, 1913 in Huntington, Emmet, Iowa
............. +Melvin ROUPE b: August 12, 1907 d: January 2, 1991 m: Unknown
......... 5 Gail Morris SCHENCK b: January 8, 1916 in Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa d: June 7, 1987 in Cotati, Sonoma, California
............. +Marguerite MRS. SCHENCK b: Unknown m: Unknown
......... 5 Esther SCHENCK b: January 15, 1919 in Emmet County, Iowa d: January 15, 1919 in Emmet County, Iowa
......... 5 Beverly Darlene SCHENCK b: June 12, 1929 in Estherville, Emmet, Iowa
............. +Arther Edward LUTZ b: February 27, 1929 in Iowa d: February 4, 1998 in Estherville, Emmet, Iowa m: November 22, 1956
...... 4 James Leonard BRAWFORD b: May 21, 1886 in Frankville, Winneshiek, Iowa d: April 8, 1968 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois
.......... +Ora Berniece GAYLORD b: April 18, 1886 in Bassett, Chickasaw, Iowa d: March 20, 1994 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois m: December 21, 1911
...... 4 Elmer Franklin BRAWFORD b: April 24, 1888 d: April 23, 1898
...... 4 John William BRAWFORD b: March 12, 1896 in Castalia, Iowa d: Abt. March 13, 1918 in Lost at sea aboard USS Cyclops
...... 4 [1] Leo Wilcox BRAWFORD b: November 15, 1898 in Castalia, Bloomfield, Winneshiek, Iowa d: November 21, 1945 in Veteran's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa
.......... +Lola May AUSTIN b: March 23, 1898 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois d: November 19, 1932 in Estherville, Emmet, Iowa m: June 25, 1919
......... 5 Betty Imogene BRAWFORD b: September 7, 1922 in Estherville, Iowa d: June 23, 1992 in Ramsey County, Minnesota
............. +Weston Merritt POTTER b: August 8, 1917 in Minnesota d: January 21, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota m: August 28, 1941
......... 5 Marianne Ruth BRAWFORD b: November 30, 1926 in Estherville, Iowa
............. +William Anthony HENCIER b: May 28, 1922 in Minnesota d: May 28, 1985 in Ramsey County, Minnesota m: Abt. 1948
...... *2nd Wife of [1] Leo Wilcox BRAWFORD:
.......... +Ruth May DAYTON b: July 2, 1908 in Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa d: August 11, 1978 in Ringsted, Emmet County, Iowa m: April 10, 1935
......... 5 Charles Austin BRAWFORD b: September 10, 1935 in Estherville, Iowa
............. +Phyllis Jane HARRISON b: August 26, 1940 in Valletta, Malta HMS m: Bef. August 1959
......... 5 [2] John Leo BRAWFORD b: September 21, 1936 in Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa
............. +Gail Dianne PETTIS b: October 3, 1940 in Kasota, Le Sueur County, Minnesota m: October 11, 1958
......... *2nd Wife of [2] John Leo BRAWFORD:
............. +Ramona Ann SPRINGER b: July 12, 1950 d: May 21, 2000 in Farmington, Wisconsin m: 1972
......... 5 Dorothy Irene BRAWFORD b: September 29, 1941 in Estherville, Emmet, Iowa d: November 1, 1984 in Estherville, Emmet, Iowa
............. +Jerry Ray MEINERS b: May 8, 1938 in Groover, Iowa d: September 24, 1977 in Ringstead, Emmet, Iowa m: March 22, 1963
...... 4 Louis Muller BRAWFORD b: November 15, 1898 in Castalia, Iowa d: December 25, 1962 in Billings, Montana
.......... +Leona May WILSON b: December 3, 1900 in Ellsworth, Minnesota d: July 20, 1994 in Mitchell, South Dakota m: September 6, 1922
......... 5 John Richard BRAWFORD b: February 24, 1924 in Estherville, Iowa d: June 1, 1998 in Mitchell, South Dakota
............. +Dorothy Lavell MATTHEIS b: July 26, 1930 in Winter, South Dakota m: November 28, 1949
......... 5 Mary Lou BRAWFORD b: December 9, 1927 in Estherville, Iowa
............. +Jimmy Junior TRAUPEL b: April 10, 1923 in Mitchell, South Dakota m: November 30, 1946
... 3 James Andrew BRAWFORD b: October 4, 1863 in Iowa d: September 16, 1957 in Mason City, Iowa
....... +Sybil GRIMM b: February 1, 1867 in Indiana d: December 6, 1939 in Spirit Lake, Iowa m: Abt. 1887
...... 4 [3] Irving BRAWFORD b: 1890 in Kansas d: Unknown in Illinois
.......... +Margrete HAVEN b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown
...... *2nd Wife of [3] Irving BRAWFORD:
.......... +Greta MRS. BRAWFORD b: December 13, 1908 d: June 1981 in Illinois m: Unknown
2 Rachael Amanda BRAWFORD b: March 17, 1821 in Indiana d: August 4, 1887 in Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas
.... +Robert Eaton BOOTH b: February 9, 1822 in Luzern County, Pennsylvania d: November 18, 1885 in Cowley County, Kansas m: March 30, 1842
... 3 Male Child BOOTH b: October 4, 1843 in Carroll County, Indiana d: October 5, 1843 in Carroll County, Indiana
... 3 Samuel Benjamin BOOTH b: October 25, 1844 in Carroll County, Indiana d: June 24, 1869 in Iola, Allen County, Kansas
... 3 William Henry BOOTH b: February 17, 1847 in Carroll County, Indiana d: Unknown
....... +Anna S. DAVISON b: Abt. 1854 in Indiana d: Unknown m: September 12, 1872
...... 4 Mary E. BOOTH b: 1873 in Kansas d: Unknown
...... 4 Robert BOOTH b: 1876 in Kansas d: Unknown
...... 4 Laura BOOTH b: 1878 in Kansas d: Unknown
...... 4 Daughter BOOTH b: 1880 in Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas d: Unknown
... 3 Joseph Little BOOTH b: October 12, 1848 in Carroll County, Indiana d: September 7, 1887 in Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas (North of)
... 3 Ann Elizabeth BOOTH b: March 22, 1850 in Carroll County, Indiana d: August 12, 1880
... 3 Martha Isabell BOOTH b: August 10, 1852 in Carroll County, Indiana d: January 9, 1854 in Carroll County, Indiana
... 3 Twin To Martha BOOTH b: August 10, 1852 in Carroll County, Indiana d: August 10, 1852 in Carroll County, Indiana
... 3 Rosabell Jane BOOTH b: November 30, 1854 in Rock Creek, Carroll County, Indiana d: August 5, 1902 in Cowley County, Kansas
....... +John Peter BILLBE b: November 20, 1854 in Illinois d: September 10, 1922 in Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas m: June 14, 1874
...... 4 Rachel Barbara BILLBE b: March 13, 1875 in Iola, Allen County, Kansas d: June 13, 1918 in Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma
.......... +John Henry BUSHMAN b: January 28, 1874 in Illinois d: March 24, 1933 in Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma m: March 19, 1893
......... 5 Henry Oliver BUSHMAN b: April 2, 1901 in Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas d: September 21, 1960 in Leroy, Coffey County, Kansas
............. +Iva Lillian TANNAHILL b: May 3, 1902 in Long Island, Phillips County, Kansas d: July 27, 1990 in Iola, Allen County, Kansas m: June 14, 1922
... 3 Mary Elvina BOOTH b: March 4, 1863 in Deer Creek, Allen County, Kansas d: February 3, 1873 in Allen County, Kansas
2 Joseph BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1823 d: Unknown
2 Margaret BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1826 in Indiana d: Unknown
.... +John RINEHART b: Abt. 1820 in Ohio d: Unknown m: January 1, 1851
2 Nancy BRAWFORD b: Abt. 1827 in Indiana d: Unknown
.... +Peter RINEHART b: Abt. 1826 in Indiana d: Unknown m: April 18, 1851
2 George W. BRAWFORD b: Unknown in Not sure on this one. d: Unknown
.... +Hila SMITH b: Unknown d: Unknown m: December 16, 1858
2 Mary BRAWFORD b: Unknown d: Unknown
.... +Henry THOMPSON b: Unknown d: Unknown m: August 17, 1837
2 One Daughter BRAWFORD b: Unknown

Re: Brawford (VA>KY>IN>IA>WI)

Posted: 1081283835000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brawford,Booth,Billbe
Thank you, John, for the information. I have just sent you an email. It is so nice to connect with family.

I am a direct decendent of Rachael Amanda Brawford however most of our Billbe family history only delves into the Billbe line. I intend to change that. What started me on the journey of genealogy was a search for ancestral heritage. I would like to know about the blood that runs through my veins. It has been a discouraging journey [for the most part] due to lack of information on women's surnames. [sigh] It seems that when a woman married, her previous identity [maiden name] was obliterated. These are the "brick walls" that we all encounter. Perhaps we can locate a connection between the Brawford's of Indiana to the Brawford's of Virginia. Wouldn't that be fantastic?

If there is anything that I can do just let me know. I live in northern Indiana and can travel across the state [time permitting].

Thank you again.

Diana [Billbe] Prater

Re: Other Brawfords with 'White' in their names

Posted: 1089427481000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Braford, Bradford, Brawford
I just in past couple of weeks have confirmed I am descended from Spotswood Braford via daughter Amanda Jane T. Braford - Thomas H Moore m.17Jan1866 Appomattox Co VA daughter Mary Emma/Emily Stark Moore (Clayton). I also recently found Rockbridge Co VA Herritage 1787-1997, 1997 Rockbridge Area Genealogical Society book with 3 articles on the Braford line. Father of Spottswood is Hugh b.5Jan.1753, his father Samuel b.1719 England.

The info from the book is:

Samuel Braford of Scotch-Irish descent, born 1719 in England, came to America with his family, settled in Pennsylvania, and later migrated to the valley of Virginia. He settled in Augusta County, near Tinkling Spring's Meeting House. Family tradition says he was 7 feet 6 inches tall. He married Anne Spotswood about 1740. Their eight children are: Mary, John, James, Elizabeth, Anne, Hugh, Samuel, and Rachael. Samuel died 17 Dec. 1787 and his will was recorded in Augusta 21 April 1789.
Anne Spotswood Braford died 8 Jan. 1794, six years after Rockbridge County was founded from Botetourt and Augusta Counties.
Hugh Braford (born 5 Jan. 1753) was christened at Tinkling Springs Meeting House. He served in the American Revolution in Captain Nelle's company of Augusta County in 1776,
and in Captain Tate's company in 1779. He purchased land about 1778 in the newly founded Rockbridge County, settling on the James River about 2 miles below Gilmore Mills. He married Mary Starke Davis, widow of Dr. Joseph Botetourt Davis of Bedford County (their 3 children -Ann, Sarah Starke, and Joseph Botetourt Davis, Jr.). Hugh and Mary had 5 children: Samuel, Spottswood, Polly, Belinda and Jennie. The Hugh Braford home was built in 1791 on the farm of considerable acreage. Hugh died June 1817, with his will probated in Rockbridge, 30 June 1817. Mary died in 1826. They are buried in Bradford Cemetery on the farm which is still being used.
Spottswood (bom 18 Sept. 1795) inherited land from his father. He married Rebecca Sterrett, d/o John Sterrett of Augusta County. They had 17 children. Eleven lived to adulthood:
Mary, John, Hugh, Robert, Timanda, Philander, James, Virginia, Marcellus, Marian, and Stark. Robert, Philander, James, and Marcellus served in the Confederate Army. Hugh was killed by deserters trying to steal from his meat house at Crawford's Creek, Natural Bridge Station. This was part of the Bradford farm which was inherited by Hugh's daughter Mary, then to her son Morris Stoner. Spottswood died 19 Feb. 1878, Rebecca died Feb. 1875, and both are buried in Braford Cemetery.
The last Will and Testament of Spottswood Braford (dated 18 Feb. 1875) was filed in Rockbridge County circuit court. The Braford farm was divided between children and grandchildren of deceased children, with Philander and Stark receiving the original part of the farm. Stark received the old home place. Stark 'Polk' Braford (24 Oct. 1844) married Willie Ann Stoner (1 June 1847) on 4 Sept. 1879. They had 7 children: twins died at birth; Lottie died at 18;
Joe at 24. Martha (27 May 1880) married George Lackey (8 children - Willie, Gladys, Lottie, George, Virginia, Frank, India and Miller); Lloyd (20 April 1883-9 Oct. 1972) married Louise Ruff (11 children - Moreland, Douglas, Hugh Stark, Mary Martha, Richard, Barbara, Edgar, Robert, Lloyd, Beth); Grover Cleveland (9 March 1886-16 Nov. 1950) married Bessie Barger (their 4 children - Rives, Martha Frances, Buford, William Starke) who died 29 Nov. 1921. He then married Daisy Broughman (2 children - Raymond, Lawrence).
Douglas now lives in the Bradford home built in 1791. Submitted by: Harold F. Kidd
Sources: Family records, Cemeteries, Court House Records, and published data.

The Braford house which stood for probably two hundred years as the oldest dwelling in Rockbridge County, and ranked among the first buildings erected in Virginia, is now but a memory, it having recently been razed to make way for a more imposing home of modern architectural design and pretentious proportions.
The house that has been torn down after having withstood the storms of possibly 200 winters was a roomy, two-story affair, constructed of immense logs hewn from the mighty trees of a virgin forest, and daubed with mud from the bed of the James river. The structure occupied a place on a pretty knoll within a stone's throw of the historic James, being about a quarter of a mile distant from the present station (which has since been torn down) of the Norfolk and Western railway at Natural Bridge (Station) village. This big log house of the Brafords, a prominent Rockbridge family, and it was here that genuine Virginia hospitality was so long dispensed with lavish hands.

When this house was built, and for a long time afterwards, there were but a few white settlers in that section, and the scores of peep holes in the sides of the building were long pointed out to visitors as mute witnesses of the precautions adopted by the inmates to observe the movements of the Indians who then inhabited the country. When the house was demolished it was found to be in a most excellent state of preservation, and there is no telling how much longer it could have staved off the ravages of decay. Many relics were found secreted in the walls, among them being a long and handsome dirk knife. This weapon had doubtless been used with telling effect by the forefathers of the present generation of Braford in defending their home against the invasion of the feathered-bedecked and uncivilized red man who were wont to go on expeditions and leave their path strewn with the dead bodies of the unwelcome paleface and the smoldering ruins of his inhabitation.
Tourists from all over the world who have visited Natural Bridge since the discovery of that great freak of nature have had pointed out to them the Braford house as being the first home built by white man's hands in that county. Submitted by: JoAnne Parkins Source: Copied from The Roanoke Times June 21,1904

Originally, the name given the Braford family was Bradford which came from the family living near the Broad Ford of the river near Stonehinge. As the name was transported to America it was spelled as it was pronounced and the records show a variety of spelling; Bradford, Braford, Brawford and Brofford.
The Virginia Brafords, first settled in Pennsylvania and later came down into the Valley of Virginia. Samuel Braford, the first member of the family we have record of, was of Scotch Irish background; his family, having fled from Scotland to Ireland during the rebellion of 1725, or soon thereafter. He was the tallest man in the Valley of Virginia. Family tradition says that he was 7 feet 6 inches tall.

(Picture of Pleasant Hill – Ask for if you want. Request desired Format)

Samuel Braford was born 1719 in England, died 1787, and married 1740 to Ann Spotswood. They had eight children: Mary, John, James, Anne, Sam, Rachel, Elizabeth and Hugh. Their son, Hugh Braford, sixth child of this marriage, born January 5, 1753, died 1817, purchased land on the James River in Rockbridge County in 1778 and built the family home, "Pleasant Hill" also referred to as "Pleasant View" in 1791. Hugh married a widow, Mary Stark Davis, 1783. She died 1817 and was buried on the Braford Plantation. Hugh and his wife were the first of six generations to live in the family home. They had five children. Their son, Spotswood Braford born September 18, 1795, died July 29, 1879, married Rebecca Sterrett born October 20, 1801, died February 1875. They had seventeen children, eleven of whom lived to be grown. Starke Braford, born October 22, 1844, died May 22, 1934, married Willie Anne Stoner. She was born June 1, 1847, died 1914. They had six children. Their son Lloyd Douglas Braford, bom April 20,1823, Died October 8, 1972, married Louise Hendley Ruff, July 12, 1910. She died March 8, 1982. They had ten children. Their son, Douglas Ruff Braford, born January 31, 1913, married Jacque Phyllis Sizer on September 26, 1936. They now live at "Pleasant Hill" and had four children; Douglas Edward Braford, born April 10, 1937 married Joan Gail Lawson; Jo Anne Braford Perkins, born April 24, 1938 married Joseph Dow Perkins; Mary Anna Braford, born February 3, 1959 and Samuel Marzell Braford, born September 7, 1961 married Sarah Ann Shafer. Submitted by: Jo Anne Braford Perkins
Sources: Book One - Genealogy of the Braford Family in Virginia 1740-1968 As written by- Various Descendants collected & published by Earl Nevette Chiles, Sr. 1968

Re: Brawford (VA>KY>IN>IA>WI)

Posted: 1302712722000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bradford, Brawford

I realize this is a really old post, but I hope you still check this from time to time. George W. Bradford (at least that's how my line spells it) was my great great great grandfather. I am curious about your comment by his name, as far as noting being sure about this one. This is the first time I have seen a hint at his family line going back farther than him, I haven't seen possible names for his parents before now. I also don't have just a lot of info on him. I know he was born between 1927-1930 and that his first wife, Hila Smith died before 1863, and he remarried in 1863 to a Nancy Kelly Carroll. But my concern here is how confident you are that he is a member of this family, so I can continue the family line. Thank you for your time and research.

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